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F A Cup Semi – Final : Aston Villa v Liverpool at Wembley Stadium – 19th April 2015

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After beating Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool have booked their place in the F A Cup semi final  against Aston Villa on the 19 April 2015.

Villa have a great cup tradition winning  the FA Cup on seven occasions and played in the very last final at old Wembley in 2000 when they were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea.

Liverpool will be hoping to get through to the final to provide a fitting farewell to long time favourite, Steven Gerrard.

The semi-finals were played sporadically at Wembley throughout the 1990s but became a fixture at the stadium when it reopened for the 2007/2008 season.

There will be four ticket prices for this season’s FA Cup Semi-Finals, starting at £33 and progressing to £43, £53 and £63 across the two ties with a £10 reduction for concessions as per each club’s own rules.

Reading, Arsenal, Liverpool and Aston Villa, as confirmed Semi-Finalists, will receive the initial club ticket allocation of 31,500.

If you would like further information , visit the Wembley website here

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F A Cup Semi – Final : Arsenal v Reading at Wembley Stadium – 18 April 2015

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After beating Manchester United in the last round,  FA Cup holders Arsenal make a return to Wembley Stadium with the Semi-Final  against Reading from the Championship on Saturday 18 April with the tie kicking off at 5.20pm.

Reading clinched their first FA Cup Semi-Final place since 1927 when they beat Bradford City 3-0 at the Madejski Stadium

Playing  FA Cup Semi-Finals at Wembley Stadium  is  a relatively recent  tradition , with the first FA Cup Semi-Final ever to be played at Wembley back in 1991 when Tottenham Hotspur beat Arsenal  3-1.

The semi-finals were played sporadically at Wembley throughout the 1990s but became a fixture at the stadium when it reopened for the 2007/2008 season.

There will be four ticket prices for this season’s FA Cup Semi-Finals, starting at £33 and progressing to £43, £53 and £63 across the two ties with a £10 reduction for concessions as per each club’s own rules.

Reading, Arsenal and Aston Villa, as confirmed Semi-Finalists, will receive the initial club ticket allocation of 31,500.

If you would like further information, visit the Wembley website here

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All you need to know about the BNY Mellon University Boat Race – April 11th 2015

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Sporting history will be made on Saturday April 11th 2015 when The BNY Mellon Boat Race is joined on the Tideway for the first time by The Newton Women’s Boat Race. First raced in 1829 and 1927 respectively, The BNY Mellon Boat Races are amongst the oldest sporting events in the world.

One of the more unusual events on the British sporting calendar is the University Boat Race, the annual rowing race between Oxford University Boat Club and the Cambridge University Boat Club on the River Thames between  Putney to Mortlake.

To the  uninitiated , each boat is made up of eight rowers and a cox and they row the 4.2 mile course, somewhat confusingly each boat is known as the “blue boat” due to the crews colours, light blue for Cambridge and Dark blue for Oxford.

The first race was in 1829 and the event has been annually ever since 1856 except for the war years, at present the scores are Cambridge 81 wins, Oxford 78 wins and one dead heat in 1877.

Part of the mystique of the boat race is often not the race itself which is seldom that close and is often decided by on which side you start. It is when things go wrong that make the headlines. In 1912 both crews sank due to the poor weather, Cambridge sank in 1859 and 1978, Oxford sank in 1925 and 1951. In 1984 Cambridge sank before the race started when their boat hit a barge.
There have also been rumours of mutinies of crews, however the most recent disruption was when a protester swam in front of the boats in 2012.
It is not only a contest of brute strength , it is a great advantage to have fastest current so ability to read the river is vital.

For much of the races history, spectators tended to have associations with the universities, however since the race was sponsored in 1976 there have been moves to widen the races appeal and it is promoted and broadcast on many media platforms.

Crowds have grown in recent years and the most popular spots along the course tend to be well populated, unlike many sporting events this one is free and can be quite enjoyable if the weather is fine and you find a vantage point.

You can enjoy the festival atmosphere of The Boat Race by watching for free from one of the many vantage points along the course. You should be able to find a place to watch on either side of the river along the full length of the course, but particular areas to note are: Putney Embankment and Bishops Park (at the start); Hammersmith and Barnes (mid-course); Dukes Meadows and Chiswick Bridge (at the finish).

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Boat Race in the Park events featuring large screens at Bishops Park, Fulham and Furnival Gardens, Hammersmith mean you will be able to watch the whole Race before and after the crews have passed. Refreshments will be available within the parks.

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The Championship Course, Putney to Mortlake
The Boat Race course, known as the Championship Course is 4 miles, 374 yards or 6.8 Km long. It stretches between Putney and Mortlake on the River Thames in South West London.

This course was first used for the Boat Race in 1845 and has been used for every race since, (apart from 1846, 1856 and 1863 when the race was held in the opposite direction between Mortlake and Putney).

The Fulham/Chiswick side of the course is known as the Middlesex side. The Putney/Barnes side of the course is known as the Surrey side.

The Boat Races are rowed upstream, but are timed to start on the incoming flood tide.  The Boat Race is usually an hour before high tide, with the Women’s Boat Race a further hour before so that the crews are rowing with the fastest possible current.

The programme for Race day contains something for everyone – fun for all at the “Boat Race in the Parks” events, the traditional Oxbridge Watermen’s Challenge, and  all the action from The Newton Women’s Boat Race and The BNY Mellon Boat Race itself.

The Newton Women’s Boat Race Toss: 15:00

Isis Goldie Toss: 15:30

The BNY Mellon Boat Race Toss:15:45

Oxford & Cambridge Women’s Blue Boats Boat: 16:02 & 16:07

BBC TV Goes Live: 16:15

Isis & Goldie Boat: 16:32 & 16:37

The Newton Women’s Boat Race: 16:50

Oxford & Cambridge Blue Boats Boat: 17:02 & 17:07

Isis Goldie Race: 17:20

The BNY Mellon Boat Race: 17:50

 If you would like more information about the BNY Mellon Boat Race, visit the website here

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Romeo and Juliet at the Shakespeare’s Globe – 27 April to 8 May 2015

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Violence  between their rival families is the prelude to Shakespeare’s  classic tale of love and loss.  The familiar story  will performed  at the Globe on an Elizabethan-style stage  in a production that gets to the heart of one of the greatest of all love stories.

Performed by a  small troupe of travelling players, the production  takes to the road before returning to the Globe.

Directed by
Dominic Dromgoole and Tim Hoare

Designed by
Andrew D Edwards

Music Composed by
Bill Barclay

Cast
Matt Doherty
Paris/Tybalt

Steffan Donnelly
Mercutio/Prince

Steven Elder
Capulet

Sarah Higgins
Nurse

Tom Kanji
Friar Laurence/Benvolio

Cassie Layton
Juliet

Hannah McPake
Lady Capulet

Samuel Valentine
Romeo

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Shakespeare’s Globe website here

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The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare’s Globe – 23 April to 7 June 2015

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The Shakespeare’s Globe offers a production of one of the Bard’s greatest works, The Merchant of Venice. The revolves around Portia, a wealthy heiress of Belmont, who is forced to set her suitors a challenge. The winner will win her hand in marriage; the losers will lose her hand and much more. In Venice, the epicentre of consumption, speculation and debt, Bassanio borrows money from his friend Antonio to finance his attempt. Antonio, in turn, takes out a loan from the moneylender Shylock. The loan will be repaid when Antonio’s ships return to the city. But if the ships fail to return, and the money cannot be repaid, Antonio will give to Shylock a pound of his own flesh. And they do fail. And Shylock will have his ‘bond’.

In some of his most highly-charged scenes, Shakespeare dramatises the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy; while in the character of Shylock he created one of the most memorable outsiders in all theatre.

Double Olivier and Tony award winner Jonathan Pryce plays Shylock in his first appearance at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Directed by
Jonathan Munby

Designed by
Mike Britton

Composed by
Jules Maxwell

Cast

Stefan Adegbola
Lancelot Gobbo

Michael Bertenshaw
Duke of Venice/Tubal

Philip Cox
Balthasar

Scott Karim
Prince of Morocco

Ben Lamb
Lorenzo

Daniel Lapaine
Bassanio

Christopher Logan
Prince of Arragon

Dominic Mafham
Antonio

Brian Martin
Salarino

Dorothea Myer-Bennett
Nerissa

Regé-Jean Page
Solanio

Rachel Pickup
Portia

Jonathan Pryce
Shylock

Phoebe Pryce
Jessica

David Sturzaker
Gratiano

 For more information or to book tickets, visit the Shakespeare’s Globe website here

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Beyond Caring at the National Theatre – 28 April to 16 May 2015

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Alexander Zeldin’s  production of Beyond Caring explores stories of people struggling to survives in the world of zero-hours contracts.

Alexander Zeldin’s brutally honest and darkly humorous play, written through devising with the company follows four workers who  arrive to work the night shift in a meat factory. They meet for the first time. They are employed as cleaners, by a temp agency.

Every shift, they clean. Every four hours, they take a break. They drink tea or coffee together. They read magazines. They chat. As it gets light, they go home, or to another job. The cycle goes on. And on. Strangers. Until something stirs, until isolated people get too close to one another, too fast.

This is the second show developed by The Yard Theatre to come to the NT and was first premiered at The Yard Theatre.

Cast
Phil – Sean O’Callaghan
Becky – Victoria Moseley
Susan – Kristin Hutchinson
Grace – Janet Etuk
Ian – Luke Clarke

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Everyman at the National Theatre – From 22 April 2015

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A new adaptation by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy of Everyman opens at the National Theatre .

Everyman is successful, popular and riding high when Death comes calling. He is forced to abandon the life he has built and embark on a last, frantic search to recruit a friend, anyone, to speak in his defence. But Death is close behind, and time is running out.

One of the great primal, spiritual myths, Everyman asks whether it is only in death that we can understand our lives. A cornerstone of English drama since the 15th century, this production has words by Carol Ann Duffy , movement by Javier De Frutos and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the title role.

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Light Shining in Buckinghamshire at the National Theatre – From 15 April 2015

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Caryl Churchill’s play takes place in the aftermath of a bloody and brutal civil war, England stands at a crossroads. Food shortages, economic instability, and a corrupt political system threaten to plunge the country into darkness and despair.

The Parliament men who fought against the tyranny of the King now argue for stability and compromise, but the people are hungry for change.

For a brief moment, a group of rebels, preachers, soldiers and dissenters dare to imagine an age of hope, a new Jerusalem in which freedom will be restored to the land.

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire tells the story of the men and women who went into battle for the soul of England. Passionate, moving and provocative, it speaks of the revolution we never had and the legacy it left behind.

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Between Worlds at the Barbican – 11th to 25 April 2015

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Between Worlds is the highly anticipated operatic debut from composer Tansy Davies, who collaborates with director Deborah Warner and librettist Nick Drake on this world premiere.

In this sensitive, spiritual and ultimately uplifting journey inspired by the events of 9/11, a disparate group of individuals is trapped high up in one of the Twin Towers, caught between earth and heaven, life and death.

Davies’ distinctive sound world combines unrestrained exuberance with emotional depth. Deborah Warner directs the composer’s first opera, following critically acclaimed productions of Death in Venice, and Eugene Onegin and her recent Barbican staging of The Testament of Mary. Contemporary music specialist Gerry Cornelius conducts.

Running time: 1hr 30mins (without interval)
Language: Sung in English

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Measure For Measure at the Barbican – 15th to 25th April 2015

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Cheek by Jowl’s  Russian ensemble  bring contemporary issues to their new production  of  Measure For Measure to dissect the nature of government, love and justice.

A ruler who doesn’t know how to rule, a bureaucrat seduced by his newfound position and a novice nun faced with an appalling dilemma. In this chaotic world, where prisons, convents and brothels are policed by a corrupt regime, only conflict and self-interest prevail.

Shakespeare’s blend of  humour and pathos asks questions about power and the relationship between ordinary citizens and ruling elites. Declan Donnellan draws out the topicality with his taut modern-dress update, matching Russian theatre traditions with swiftly changing scenes played out in vivid abstract settings.

Barbican Artistic Associate Cheek by Jowl brings its Russian company to the Barbican stage for the fifth time in a performance hailed by the Moscow press as breathtaking, and subsequently nominated for five Golden Mask Awards, including Best Director and Best Male Performance.

Directed by Declan Donnellan
Design by Nick Ormerod

1 hour 45 mins/no interval
Age guidance 16+
Performed in Russian with English surtitles

If you would like more information or buy tickets, visit the Barbican website here

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